The Miami Marlins stopped the Chicago Cubs 4-2 at Marlins Park on Sunday. The Marlins have won nine of their last 12 home games. Ichiro Suzuki became the oldest person to start a game playing centerfield in Major League Baseball history.
Miami(34-40) raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Ichiro scored on a single by Marcell Ozuna to center field. Two batters later, Martin Prado socked a double into left-center field to score Justin Bour and Ozuna.
Chicago(38-37) cut the margin to 3-1 during the top of the fourth. Anthony Rizzo knocked in Tommy La Stella with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Cubs scored in the following inning to make it 3-2. La Stella hit a sacrifice fly to center field which scored Wilson Contreras.
The Marlins extended their lead in the bottom of the seventh as Giancarlo Stanton smashed a solo home run to left field on a 0-1 pitch. It was his second homer in the last three games and 20th overall this season. Stanton has now hit at least 20 home runs in his first eight seasons in the majors.